Does your computer ever “freeze up” on you?
The other day I tried running too many applications on my computer, and it froze. What usually happens is that I get going too fast, repeatedly pressing buttons and trying to force my computer to perform too many functions at once. Then my computer tries to get me to slow down, quit a few functions, or restart.
Of course, what are we PC users supposed to do when the computer freezes? What three buttons do we simultaneously push?
That’s right. Say it with me, CTRL+ALT+DEL.
It’s the same in my faith life. OK, whether you’re computer savvy or not, stick with me here.
In life when I get going too fast or try to control too much, I’m encouraged in little ways (by God) to slow down; “close” some programs that eat up too much space, energy, or memory (areas of my life not centered on Him); and start over or “reboot” (reconcile myself to Him).
Three buttons, one function, in order to change what’s happening. And remember, the three buttons must be pressed simultaneously. No one button is more important than the other, since they’re all a key to solving the problem.
This function can be compared to the functions of the trinity (for our computer generation):
CTRL (control): By giving God all the control, I put His will before mine.
ALT (alternate): By allowing the Holy Spirit to lead me, I then live, think and function in an alternate way.
DEL (delete): By my faith in Christ and through His grace, I can delete the effects of original sin and live in His image of loving service here on earth, hoping to share in his eternal banquet in heaven.
When we let go of all control we alter how we live and think and we delete possible death. We open the door to eternal life, where all other “functions” and “programs” stop running and our only function is to bask in the incredible love of God (never having to reboot again).
Here’s one final thought for you, Bible and computer geeks, out there: the CTRL+ALT+DEL function works only on PCs and not on Macs. Maybe that’s because it was the apple that got us into this mess (in Eden).
Or maybe it’s because when life closes doors, God opens windows.
Oh and remember one more thing when working on your computer, Jesus saves.